Snowballing kids face asbos in Swansea
ARE Swansea's snowball kids on the slippery slope towards being hit with Asbos?
Youngsters in Bonymaen enjoying time off school have been warned against Aggressive Snow Ball Offences which could land them with an Anti Social Behaviour Order.
Four youths in Bonymaen were threatened with Asbos for ambushing residents and passing vehicles with some aggressive snowballing.
It seems that police have taken a dim view towards the time honoured tradition between children in the cold weather.
Bonymaen support officer James O'Neale said: "While on patrol in the main problem areas of Bonymaen, myself and the Local Neighbourhood Police Team had a few calls regarding anti-social behaviour.
"Local youths were being very loud and were throwing snow balls at vehicles and pedestrians passing by."
He added: "We appropriately advised and stopped certain groups of youths that we came across regarding their behaviour and moved them on.
"Only a small group continued to cause problems and damage in the area and with the help of residents working with us, we managed to get this group of youths identified."
Once officers had their details four culprits were spoken to and appropriately advised, moved out of the area and issued with anti-social behaviour forms.
"They were warned on many occasions previously, but continued to cause problems to local residents in the area," the support officer added.
But local councillors say its a case of the minority spoiling fun in the snow for well-behaved kids.
Bonymaen councillor Mair Gibbs said problems with anti-social behaviour in Bonymaen had disappeared in recent months and has blamed the recent flurry on a small group of troublemakers.
"The kids have been having a great time, sledging and making snowmen and so they should," she said.
"But there is a minority spoiling it for everyone.
"The snow is quite hard now and it can be dangerous if someone was hit."
She added: "It is pleasing to see the police reacting so quickly to nip this in the bid.
The Bonymaen neighbourhood policing team say calls taken about anti-social behaviour have gone through the roof since schools were closed due to bad weather.
"We will continue to carry out high visibility patrols in and around the area.
"And we will continue to work closely with residents to stay on top of problem youths during the cold spell," James O'Neale said.